The Holy Synod in Constantinople have unanimously voted for Bishop Makarios of Christoupolis to be named as the new Archbishop of Australia.
Makarios was born in Heraklion, Crete, in 1973. He studied at the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens and the Theological School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He took his Masters in Sacred Theology at the University of Boston, another Master of Arts in the History of Science at Harvard and third master’s degree, in Bioethics, at Monash University.
His doctoral dissertation was received and passed with an “Excellent” score from the Medical School of the University of Crete. His work was published under the title “Cloning: Social, Ethical and Theological Components.”
Since 2003, Makarios has been teaching at the Higher Ecclesiastical Academy of Heraklion. He has occasionally taught courses at various universities, including Hellenic College and the medical schools of the Universities of Crete, Thessaly and Athens.
In May of 2015 he was elected First Dean of the Theological Seminar of the Autonomous Church of Estonia.
After many years in priestly positions, on Easter Sunday of 2008, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew appointed him Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne at the Phanar.
He also served in many senior positions in the Holy Archdiocese of Crete until he was elected bishop.
He founded and runs the publishing series called “All About Bioethics,” which is under the auspices of the Church of Constantinople.
On April 27, 2015, he was unanimously elected Bishop of Christopoulis by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The new Archbishop also attended the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church of Crete in 2016 as a counselor to the Ecumenical Patriarchate Delegation.